Plaza Grill & Cinema

209 South Main Street,
Ottawa, KS 66067

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bigjoe59 on December 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm


the title of the “oldest continuously operating theater” in North America might go to the New Victory on 42 St. in Manhattan. it opened as the Theater Republic in 1900 five years before this theater. the New Victory as operated as a theater of some sort since then -live theater, films, burlesque, adult films and after being beautifully renovated back to live shows.

surf_digby on December 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

Was it operating between 1929 and 1937 though?

Lyndon on December 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

Could Ottawa, Kan., be the home to the world’s oldest continuously operating theater? See the story here.

Lyndon on December 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The Plaza Grill and Cinema in Ottawa is likely the oldest operating theater in America, having opened in 1905, predating San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre by three years. Here are the most recent Plaza Grill and Cinema press releases.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 5:04 pm

It looks like it’s called the Crystal Plaza now. I tried the website for the theater shown on this page, but it didn’t work:

neals49 on January 27, 2007 at 5:21 pm

The Ottawa PLAZA Theatre has been reopen and is under new managment they have restored the outside and neon along with remodled inside. I am not sure of the date of reopening though. I looks great on the outside however I have not been inside to enjoy this thearte since I was a kid going to the sunday afternoon movie.

raybradley on December 15, 2006 at 8:41 pm

Boller Bros designed the Ottawa, KS, PLAZA Theatre, the Lawrence, KS, GRANADA Theatre, and the Oklahoma City, OK, PLAZA Theatre. Original facades on all three of these movie houses were very similar, almost identical.

dictionary101 on September 6, 2005 at 11:58 am

The area code above has changed. It is now 785. There is a recording saying “We will be closed until further notice.”

William on December 5, 2003 at 12:22 pm

The Plaza Theatre seated 721 people.